Saturday, November 3, 2012
Saas-Fee Offers Free Ski Passes in January
"The strength of the Swiss franc over the euro has caused a near nine-percent-drop in European tourist numbers" to Switzerland during the first seven months of this year, said Federico Sommaruga, who heads the emerging markets unit at Switzerland Tourism, the national tourist board.
Many ski resorts meanwhile have announced a freeze on ski-pass prices, conscious of the expected drop in bookings from many crisis-hit European countries. According to the Swiss weekly Der Sonntag, more than half of resorts contacted said their ski-pass prices were unchanged, whereas last year 80 percent of them announced price increases. Several resorts even announced price cuts for a day on the slopes, including Saas-Fee, in the southern Valais canton, and Engelberg-Brunni, in central Switzerland.
To entice skiers back, Saas-Fee offers a free ski pass in January. From 5 to 26 January 2013, the ski resort will cover the cost of a three-day or six-day ski pass (Four nights with a three-day ski pass, arrival on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday Seven nights with a six-day ski pass, arrival on any day of the week ). This special offer can be booked directly at the hotels included in the promotion.